Stories in the ‘Texas Conservation’ Category

Texas Sea Turtles Getting Checkups and Returning to the Wild!

Posted by in Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Sargassum buildup on the Galveston beaches. Unfortunately, trash often washes in during sargassum events as well as wildlife!

This week was a busy one for sea turtles on our coast-and it’s been this way for pretty much the entire summer! On Monday, Houston Zoo staff assisted NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with their weekly beach survey. It was a fairly quiet day in the way of turtles on the beach, but we […]

Attwater’s prairie chicks are here!

Posted by in Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Behind the Scenes,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

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The Houston Zoo has already hatched 209 Attwater’s prairie chicks this Spring! All of these guys have made it through to the next stage of their lives and will stay with us here at the Zoo until they are ready for release as strong juveniles into the wild! Attwater’s prairie chickens are vanishing from the coastal […]

Springtime and Snakes

Posted by in Reptiles,Texas Conservation

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Hello, and welcome to spring.  With the warm weather, your odds of encountering a snake go way up, and Texas has lots of snakes.   From 7 foot rat snakes, to the diminutive earth snake, Harris County snakes are quite variable.  Most are harmless, but we do have a few venomous species.  On Saturday, May 31, […]

What Do You Call a Thousand Tadpoles?

Posted by in Animal Updates,Field Research,Houston Toad,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation

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Some people call a group of tadpoles a “knot,” while others call them a “cloud,” or a “school.”  We’ve been contemplating this same question here at the Houston toad program, wondering what to call the army (hey, that works!) of Houston toad tadpoles that will emerge from all of the eggs we have released into […]

Cleaning up crab traps to save animals in the wild

Posted by in Conservation News,Reptiles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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One of the biggest threats to marine animals is being entangled or trapped in garbage.  The Houston Zoo houses many marine animals and is committed to doing everything we can to protect their counter parts in the wild. Houston Zoo staff participates in keeping our upper Texas Coast clean by joining in garbage removal efforts.  Every year we assist […]

Houston Zoo Facilities Staff Saving Sea Turtles!

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Sea turtle awareness sign designed by the Zoo

Conservation…it’s a loaded word. What does it mean? Who does it? Isn’t it all just research and science-y stuff? Actually, no. Conservation is really about working with people, in an effort to make sure animals and habitats are safe, and that there is a healthy future for humans as well! Our Zoo is involved in […]

Why wait for Easter for an “egg-travaganza?!”

Posted by in Amphibians,Animal Updates,Behind the Scenes,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

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The Houston toad team at the Houston Zoo has been working up a storm this spring – a storm of Houston toad eggs! As of this writing, the team has bred 23 groups of adult Houston toads (the groups consist of either one female and one male or one female and two male) since the […]

Turtle: Success!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Events,Global Conservation,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation

Did you know we have turtles living in exhibits with our primates? At the orangutan exhibit staff told guests about the turtles who live in the moat!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Zoo this past Saturday, March 1st for our Save a Turtle Saturday event! We had such a great turnout for the Member Morning at the Aquarium and throughout the day. We can’t wait to celebrate turtles with you again next year! Some highlights from the day: […]

Save A Turtle Saturday!

Posted by in Meet the Staff,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

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Save a Turtle Saturday March 1, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. On Saturday, March 1,  the  Zoo will host a special event called Save a Turtle Saturday. Guests will be able to learn how the Houston Zoo works to save turtles around the world, and find out how people can make a difference to […]

Finding the Wily, Wild Houston Toad!

Posted by in Amphibians,Houston Toad,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

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While many of us are enjoying these cool, winter evenings indoors in front of the TV with our favorite snack, Houston toad researchers are bundling up, grabbing a thermos of coffee and hitting the road to find the  elusive Houston toad! After the first heavy rain of the year, often near the end of January, […]

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